Only after the 2nd round.all playoff games broadcast on versus are blacked out from center ice.
Only after the 2nd round.
The first 2 rounds (to whittle 16 teams down to 4) are still covered by a combination of regional sports nets and national broadcast partners. The Center Ice package is actually done after the 2nd round is complete.
For the final 2 rounds, TSN and CBC have exclusive broadcast rights in Canada, NBC and Versus have exclusive broadcast rights in the US.
I didn't mean to imply that it wasn't.In the first two rounds Versus has national rights on many games but is blacked out itself in market.
EJ Hardek on ESPN.Com is saying there may be some movement on this issue. However, since I'm not an ESPN Insider and can't get tot he article. Anyone an Insider and able to see what Mr Bettman has said on the subject?
I don't want to get too excited, but if I miss the Blackhawks best chance to go far in the playoffs because of this...I'm going to be extremely disappointed!
On Thursday evening, NHL commish Gary Bettman told me the two sides have started talking again. He left it right there, though. He stopped well short of saying the groups were anywhere close to an agreement.